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Mermaid's 75 At Last! (56K warning)

At last after 2 weeks of setup, here is my tank.
On the right is the wonderful stump I found, with a rock on top of it because it still wants to float even though it has slate attached to the bottom.
On the left and middle section is the grape vine which is staying down, Yeah! and two other pieces of driftwood. The rock in the middle is temporary also holding down a piece of driftwood.

Question: Can I put lead in my tank? Thinking of adding large pieces to the driftwood on to the edges of the slate they are attached to, to get rid of the big rock, not part of my design.

On the right side shows the PH I will be using to aerate the water at night after I get a CO2 unit. On the left side shows the spray bar I made, hoping that one of these days the plants will grow big enough to hide it.

Fish: 1 otto, 6 long finned zebra danios, 3 guppies, 1 green cory. Can I add more or wait until my plants are thicker?

All the parameters are great except I would like to increase my alkalinity without raising the PH anymore. On the other hand would like to keep the water on the soft side. I used RO water partially. Want to make sure I have enough buffers to make my tank stable in PH.

Thought of getting some glass shrimp for additional clean up crew. And also another otto. He is doing great but would like a companion I think.

Any suggestions?

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Here is another view.
I would like to add some narrow leaf java and wisteria to the center back. Or does someone else have a suggestion.

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It's off to a great start Paulette! It's going to be fun to watch it fill in.

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How come I got address links instead of my pictures being in the thread?
Did I do something wrong?
I believe that if you attach more than one photo per append then it shows up as links. What I'm not understanding is why the pictures show up as very small for me (e.g. 1 inch high), though they show about the expected sizes (e.g. 50-100 KB) range. [Ah...the picture pixel sizes are fairly small. I guess my sized attachments map to bigger pictures due to the use of the freeware irfanview tool (see http://www.irfanview.com/)]

From what I can see in a smallish display, looks like a super start!
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Right side view showing the PH for aeration when I get CO2.
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Left side showing the spray bar.
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Right side showing the cyprus looking stump I found and my terrace.
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Great start Paulette! Congrats!

I'd hold off on the additional fish though, until you see the plants starting to take off. These pictures will provide you a little visual record of that, to check for growth.

BTW - How did you cycle the tank? And how many days has it actually been up (as in plants and fish, not equipment)?

Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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WOW.. beautiful tank. love the rock and wood.. like your way of holding the stump down looks pretty nice. if it were me i might just leave it like that..
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I started with the plants about 2 weeks ago, waited a week then added the fish. Keep waiting on Ammonia but I have not detected anything yet. I keep on adding more plants hoping I will not have to worry about a cycle. Want to find some Bio-Spira locally but no one has it here. Have been adding enzymes, ferts and excel in low doses. So far everything seems stable. Planning on doing my first water change this weekend unless I need to wait.

Actually it has been up a month with all the equipment. That is when I started adding the enzymes and bacteria boost.

Any body got some trimmings of wisteria they want to share?

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One question: All of my dwarf grass has seed pods or blooms on the top of it. Should I leave it alone, or trim it to let it fall down and seed the substrate or in trimming it, it will make it thicker?

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Paulette, sounds like you are off to a good start. No ammonia, no algal bloom. You could be doing one of those "cycle-less cycles", and that's great. Can't help you with the dwarf hairgrass though. Love to know myself.

The water wisteria will speed things up if you can get it. And you might see what you can do to get some stems temporarily, if you haven't already considered that. Good luck!

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Your tank looks great. Oh and about the Lead NO NO NO NO ! Lead is very toxic to everthing it touches. Believe me I build car batterys for a living. Great Tank!
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Looks great Paulette. As far as the hairgrass I am no expert with it but mine had seeds aswell and I just trimmed the tips when I first planted it and it is growing great so far. I only trimmed about a 1/4 inch off.
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